The Pamela Sheridan Award recognises innovation and good practice in relationships and sex education (RSE), services and projects for young people.
The award was established in memory of Pamela Sheridan (1911–1994), an early sex education pioneer who had a lifelong involvement in family planning.
Huge congratulations to our 2017 winners, BigTalkEducation for the Growing Up Safe programme.
Judges praised the programme for demonstrating that it's possible to start the conversation about sex and relationships with children right at the beginning of primary school. Crucially the project models a building blocks approach to teaching which is age-appropriate and builds year on year, on strong foundations of accurate information; with a focus on knowing how to get help to stay safe.
Highly commended was Sex & History by the University of Exeter.
Judges praised the unique and highly creative approach to relationships and sex education and agreed that the free resources for teachers support good practice by providing an excellent guide through the conversations they will generate, to achieve clear outcomes.
The other brilliant finalists were:
- Tor Bank School
- #PeriodPositive by Chella Quint
- Love4Life by TwentyTwenty
- Relationships and Sex Education Programme by Spectrum Community Health CIC
About the award
This award recognises innovation and good practice in RSE within a wide range of settings, for example primary, secondary, and schools for students with specific educational needs, and youth and community projects.
Nominations for the award must show evidence of at least three of the following four criteria:
- a demonstrable impact on young people's knowledge of sexual health
- innovative and creative approaches to sex and relationships education
- that the initiative can be easily replicated
- evidence that the education has inspired and engaged participants.
The 2016 winner
The winner of the Pamela Sheridan Award 2016 was Knockevin Special School in County Down, Northern Ireland, for its relationships and sexuality education and personal development programme.